Katrina Schwarz


Katrina Schwarz is a Curator, Writer and Editor, based in London.

Katrina Schwarz is Curator: Special Projects at Whitechapel Gallery, with particular responsibility for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and Art Icon. She was part of the curatorial team of the Whitechapel's Summer Season 'Life is More Important Than Art'. She was Curator of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, The Photographers’ Gallery, London in 2022 and 2023. She is also Curatorial Adviser, International for the inclusive platform Art et Al. Formerly, International Development Consultant, Europe, for the Australia Council for the Arts; Curator, Visual Arts, British Council and Editor of Art & Australia, Katrina has delivered visual arts projects in more than 30 countries. Professional highlights include serving as Curator of the international touring exhibition ‘David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind’ (Mexico, Chile, Korea, New Zealand, Japan) and as Deputy Curator, ‘Sarah Lucas: I Scream Daddio’, British Pavilion, 2015 Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia, 56th International Art Exhibition).

Katrina has edited publications for Artangel, Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery and the British Council. She has curated an exhibition of artist film for the Barbican’s Australian Film Festival and for a cycle-powered cinema for the City of Sydney.

For the 2011 Venice Biennale, Katrina was exhibition coordinator for the first national pavilion for Zimbabwe. Significant publications include Current: Contemporary art from Australia and New Zealand; chapters on Helmut Newton’s suppressed Australian years and Neighbours as an exhibition space for the ‘Hijacked: New Photography’ series, and essays on the condition of being an Australian artist in London for ACME/ Australia Council and Peter von Kant.